The big story in the amateur women’s divisions this year was international growth.
In 2018, the U.S. outpaced the world in terms of amateur fights, but the world flipped the script this year with 161 more bouts. While the U.S. is still country with the most total bouts (393), Bahrain comes in second. Those fights were a part of the IMMAF World Championship tournaments. Coming in third was England with 63. The surprises were Poland and Italy tied for third, outpacing perennial top 3 country Brazil. A major reason was Italy held the IMMAF European Championships, and Poland’s ALMMA semi-monthly amateur tournaments. One Championships held their own world amateur championships in 2019, but were not included in the statistics this year since we could not find complete results.
Similar to their 2019 pro counterparts, the growth of total fights saw a huge jump from 2018 with 201 more bouts. This is great news in terms of the overall growth of the sport, having seen a vacuum several years ago as the UFC started to add women’s divisions.
Division wise, strawweight and flyweight are still the biggest divisions, with flyweight being the most popular in terms of bouts and strawweight the most popular for debuts. The biggest movement saw featherweight debuts nearly double. This maybe a good thing for the pro bantamweight division, which saw a shift of talent drop to 125 once the UFC flyweight division opened. A good percentage of amateur fighters drop down a weight class once they turn pro.
In terms of finishes, the 51% finish rate stay the same from 2018.
Here is a quick breakdown of the year 2019:
|Finishes||485 (263 TKO/KO); (222 Submissions)||376 (212 TKO/KO); (164 submissions)|
|Decisions||(353 unanimous); (81 split); (13 majority)||354 (281 unanimous); (68 split); (5 majority)|
|Minimumweight||3 bouts||4 bouts; 2 debuts|
|Atomweight||62 bouts; 31 debuts||53 bouts; 20 debuts|
|Strawweight||233 (214 bouts @ 115lbs with 138 debuts); (19 bouts @ 110lbs. with 37 debuts)||198 (187 bouts @ 115lbs with 96 debuts); (11 bouts @ 110lbs. with 6 debuts)|
|Flyweight||272 (226 bouts @ 125lbs. with 131 debuts ); (46 bouts @ 120lbs. with 37 debuts)||189 (167 bouts @ 125lbs. with 89 debuts); (22 bouts @ 120lbs. with 14 debuts)|
|Bantamweight||179 (162 bouts @ 135lbs. with 91 debuts ); (17 bouts @ 130lbs. with 11 debuts)||158 (148 bouts @ 135lbs. with 92 debuts); (10 bouts @ 130lbs. with 9 debuts)|
|Featherweight||129 (107 bouts @ 145lbs with 74 debuts); (22 bouts @ 140lbs. with 20 debuts)||80 (62 bouts @ 145lbs with 38 debuts); (18 bouts @ 140lbs. with 18 debuts)|
|Lightweight||47 (38 bouts @ 155lbs with 31 debuts); (9 bouts @ 150lbs. with 7 debuts)||39 (33 bouts @ 155lbs with 27 debuts); (6 bouts @ 150lbs. with 7 debuts)|
(3 @ 170lbs with 3 debuts) (4 @ 165lbs with 5 debuts)(4 @ 160lbs with 5 debuts)
(5 @ 170lbs with 4 debuts) (2 @ 165lbs with 2 debuts)(3 @ 160lbs with 3 debuts)